The Borgen Project advocates for COVID-19 relief in countries facing global poverty
While here in Kansas City and the United States we are facing the results of COVID-19, countries living in global poverty cannot be forgotten. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres reminds us of the importance of working together to overcome this issue saying, “We are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world.”
With a lack of testing, medical treatment, and food supply, countries living in global poverty have the potential to face devastating repercussions, such as the humanitarian crisis occurring in Yemen. The Borgen Project believes pandemics have no borders. Across the nation, we are urging our senators to support emergency funding for COVID-19 in the International Affairs Budget.
Without proper funding, almost half of the world’s population could be facing the circumstances of global poverty. After years of progress to relieve countries living in poverty, some are now facing a set-back of 25-30 years as a result of the pandemic.
“Many individuals in the most vulnerable places across the globe do not have the ability to protest or speak up for themselves when they face human rights abuses,” said Kim Thelwell, VP, Communications & Policy at The Borgen Project. “This is where The Borgen Project comes in: to give a voice to the voiceless. We must continue to spread awareness, especially as the aftershocks of COVID-19 are yet to be felt in countries that were already experiencing dire humanitarian need.
At this time, our biggest focus is on ensuring that U.S. Congress approves emergency funding for the International Affairs Budget to address the consequences of COVID-19. Without this urgent aid, hundreds of millions of people could fall into poverty and around 40 million people in Southern Africa are likely to go hungry.”
While we want to overcome COVID-19 here in the U.S., this victory will be impossible when others living in global poverty are not receiving the help they need to overcome the pandemic in their own communities.